Pyrography (wood burning) is evident as far as ancient times. It was common for humans to create works of art on wood using charred tree branches.
Wood burning progressed with the discovery of metal. In taverns of Europe during the late 1600s and early 1700s, artists would sketch on the walls, tables or wooden planks with irons or "pokers." Today, various types of equipment are used to burn art into wood. The most common is the wood-burning pen.
Wood-burning pens operate typically like a soldering iron. The main difference between the two is that the wood-burning pen is equipped with interchangeable tips that are ideal for creating certain effects in the wood.
You can purchase an inexpensive wood-burning pen kit at a craft store or hobby store. Expensive and often better-quality wood-burning kits can be purchased from a manufacturer directly. There are several types to choose from when deciding which one to use for your project. Select a wood-burning pen that is lightweight and easy to use.
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Some wood-burning kits come with interchangeable tips that are easy to change without a long wait time in between changing them, since this can delay your craft time considerably. Other wood-burning pens have the capability to increase or decrease the pen's temperature, and this can be crucial for shading and outlining effects.